History of Sex in Cinema:
of the Late 1980s
|Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description|
The "Scream Queens" of the Late 1980s:
There were three main actresses known colloquially as "Scream Queens" - they starred in many low-budget, straight-to-video B-films (of horror) in the late 1980s:
Sorority Babes in The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
Director David DeCoteau's nudity-filled B-grade comedy-horror sex film was a parody about college sorority coeds. Two of its main characters were Lisa (Michelle Bauer) and Taffy (Brinke Stevens) portraying two sexy Tri-Delta sorority pledges. It included scenes of the girls being paddled as a sorority hazing initiation, being sprayed with whipped cream, and being peeped upon while showering or bathing. They stole a bowling trophy with a vengeful genie inside, and then suffered the consequences. The film's tagline partially described the expected action:
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)
Director Fred Olen Ray's drive-in masterpiece was this sleaze-horror film. The director's prologue stated:
It was advertised with the tagline: "They Charge an Arm and a Leg" - it even featured the character Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) as the Strangler, the leader of an Egyptian hooker chainsaw death-cult composed of prostitutes. The simple plot was about private detective Jack Chandler (Jay Richardson) tracking down teenage runaway Samantha Kelso (Linnea Quigley), who had become a stripper and joined the cult to avenge a friend's death.
The film opened with Elvis-loving hooker Mercedes (Michelle Bauer) stripping to Elvis music ("The music does something to me"), donning a shower cap and covering her favorite Elvis painting with plastic ("Sometimes I get carried away"), and then engaging in some bloody chainsaw action with an unsuspecting male client whom she had instructed to keep his eyes closed ("Leave the driving to us, big boy"). When he asked: "Take me to heaven," she revved up her chainsaw and replied: "Your request is my demand!" Blood splattered onto her - and even one of his severed body parts ended up being thrown at her.
Another of the tantalizing hookers was Lisa (Esther Elise) who let a lascivious photographer Hermie (Fox Harris) snap photos of her, as she stripped down from lingerie and caressed a baseball bat. At the end of their session, she whacked him unconscious with the bat, dragged his body into the bathtub, and gleefully chainsawed his corpse
The film's climactic highlight was the scene of striped, snake body-painted and drugged teenaged Samantha - performing the "Virgin Dance of the Double Chainsaws!" She engaged in a ferocious catfight/chain-saw battle with red-robed Mercedes - who was slashed to death.
Chainsaw Hooker Mercedes
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